What We Learned Making GMO OMG
Director Jeremy Seifert and Producer Joshua Kunau will discuss their new film, GMO OMG, and what they learned from talking to farmers, seed sellers and scientific experts about the issues with GMOs.
Jeremy and Josh gained national attention with the award-winning 2009 film, Dive! Living Off America's Waste, about the interrelated issues of food waste, hunger, and the environment.
Jeremy has a bachelor's degree in English literature from John Brown University in Ark., and a master's in theology and the arts from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, Calif. He began his film career working for the San Damiano Foundation, making documentaries about the urgent issues of poverty, hunger, and human rights. In 2010, Jeremy started his own production company, Compeller Pictures.
Why an Organic Food Production System?
Carmen has spent the past 40 years moving his farm and his community toward an ideal organic food production system. He will share his vision on the roles "we" as producers and consumers should play in this system, and our responsibilities to ourselves, our communities and to future generations.
Carmen and his wife, Sally, bought a small farm in 1972 and began the organic transition in 1973. Today their farm is 400+ acres all certified organic. They grow a variety of crops including corn, soybeans, and various small grains such as oats, wheat, barley and flax. They use alfalfa in the rotation as a cash crop and recently introduced dried field peas in the rotation. All small grains and the field peas are under-seeded with a legume. They also grow organic soybean seed for an organic seed company. Carmen and Sally were selected as the 2005 MOSES Farmers of the Year.
Carmen currently serves on the MOSES Board of Directors, is Vice Chair of the Organic Farming Agency for Relationship Marketing (OFARM), and has a half-time appointment to the University of Minnesota as statewide Organic Research Coordinator. Over the years, he has served on a number of boards related to organic and sustainable agriculture.